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Mexico, US draw up outlines of new security framework

MEXICO CITY (AP) — High-level delegations from Mexico and the United States on Friday laid out the outlines of a new security framework between the nations that at least conceptually marked a departure from the mindset that steered their cooperation over the past decade. The so-called ...

Taliban say they won’t work with US to contain Islamic State

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the U.S. to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August. Senior ...

Russians flock to Serbia for Western-made COVID-19 vaccines

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When Russian regulators approved the country's own coronavirus vaccine, it was a moment of national pride, and the Pavlov family was among those who rushed to take the injection. But international health authorities have not yet given their blessing to the Sputnik V ...

Brazilians seek pre-pandemic normalcy as deaths top 600,000

SAO PAULO (AP) — Bars in Sao Paulo are full again for evening happy hours, lawmakers in the capital of Brasilia have nearly done away with video sessions via Zoom, and Rio de Janeiro's beaches are packed. Calls for strict social distancing seem but a memory. Brazil appears intent on ...

US, Taliban to hold first talks since Afghanistan withdrawal

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are to hold talks Saturday and Sunday about containing extremist groups in Afghanistan and easing the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country, officials from both sides said. It's the first such meeting ...

EXPLAINER: Why do Iraq’s elections matter to the world?

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's elections on Sunday come with enormous challenges: Iraq's economy has been battered by years of conflict, endemic corruption and more recently, the coronavirus pandemic. State institutions are failing, the country's infrastructure is crumbling. Powerful paramilitary ...

French envoy to Australia: Deceitful sub deal raises risks

PARIS (AP) — France's ambassador to Australia says Australian officials lied to his face and raised the risk of confrontation in Asia by crafting a secret submarine deal with the United States and Britain that undermined trust in democratic alliances. France is determined to protect its ...

Czech scandal-tainted PM Andrej Babis favorite in Czech vote

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs voted in a parliamentary election for a final day Saturday, with polls suggesting Prime Minister Andrej Babis, a populist billionaire, has a good chance of retaining power despite a turbulent first term featuring numerous scandals.. Two days of balloting to fill 200 ...

Banisadr, Iran’s first president after 1979 revolution, dies

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first president after the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution who fled Tehran after being impeached for challenging the growing power of clerics as the nation became a theocracy, died Saturday. He was 88. Among a sea of black-robed Shiite ...

Syria’s Assad allows exiled uncle to return to avoid prison

BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad allowed his exiled uncle back into Syria to avoid serving a four-year prison term in France, where has spent more than 30 years, a pro-government newspaper reported late Friday. Rifaat Assad, 83, was sentenced last year for illegally using Syrian state ...

US legislators probing Puerto Rico power outages demand data

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. House committee on Friday demanded that the company in charge of the transmission and distribution of power in Puerto Rico release key data amid widespread outages in the U.S. territory that have outraged and frustrated many. The Committee on Natural ...

Smart robots do all the work at Nissan’s ‘intelligent’ plant

KAMINO KAWA, Japan (AP) — Nissan's "intelligent factory" hardly has any human workers. The robots do the work, including welding and mounting. They do the paint jobs and inspect their own paint jobs. "Up to now, people had to make production adjustments through experience, but now robots ...

Brazil’s inflation hits double digits, punishing the poor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It's something Brazilians have rarely seen in a quarter century, and the last time they did, in 2016, it helped set up a president's downfall: Double-digit inflation. Soaring prices for gas, meat, electricity and more have left millions of poor Brazilians struggling to ...

UK to offer new vaccine shots to Novavax trial volunteers

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Friday that it will offer new vaccinations to thousands of people who volunteered for trials of the Novavax coronavirus vaccine, which hasn't yet been approved for use in any country. Around 15,000 people in the U.K. got Novavax shots as part of a clinical ...

Google cracks down on climate change denial by targeting ads

LONDON (AP) — Google is cracking down on digital ads promoting false climate change claims or being used to make money from such content, hoping to limit revenue for climate change deniers and stop the spread of misinformation on its platforms. The company said Thursday in a blog post that ...

Kishida vows to lead with ‘trust and empathy’ to fix Japan

TOKYO (AP) — In his first policy speech, new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised Friday to strengthen the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic in case of another resurgence and revive its battered economy while bolstering defenses against threats from China and North ...

More than 130 countries reach deal on corporate minimum tax

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — More than 130 countries have agreed on sweeping changes to how big global companies are taxed, including a 15% minimum corporate rate designed to deter multinationals from stashing profits in low-tax countries. The deal announced Friday is an attempt to address the ...

India’s Tata Sons wins bid for national carrier Air India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tata Sons, India's oldest and largest conglomerate, will be the new owner of the country's debt-laden national carrier Air India, the government announced on Friday. Its winning bid of 180 billion rupees ($2.4 billion) beat India's SpiceJet chief Ajay Singh, who offered 151 ...

EXPLAINER: How global deal stems corporate use of tax havens

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — More than 130 countries have forged a deal on sweeping changes in how big global companies are taxed. The goal: deterring multinational companies from stashing profits in countries where they pay little or now taxes — better known as tax havens. The sweeping ...

UK eyes ‘walk me home’ phone-tracker to protect lone women

LONDON (AP) — A top British government official is backing a phone company's proposal for a new tracking service to help protect women walking alone, an idea pitched amid ongoing outrage over the slayings of two young women who were targeted near their homes in London. The chief executive of ...